The latest generation of firewalls offers central management of functions such as Web filtering, network access control and intrusion protection. Early adopters of the latest multifunction firewalls include colleges that need tight security for online learning. "The latest devices offer better integration between technologies, as well as application control and the ability for systems administrators to set very granular policies for the organization's users," said John Grady, a research manager for IDC's security products group.

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